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Police occupy favela Pavaozinho/Cantagalo


With the occupation initiated this Monday, November 30, of the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas (slums), in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, which are controlled by drugs traffickers, the Rio Military police is starting an operation that by the end of 2010 should be offering what they call “community security” to 30% of those who live in favelas in the city. This will mean that about 300 thousand people will be living in areas protected by the UPPs (Peacemaking Police Units).

These numbers were calculated by José Mariano Beltrame, Rio de Janeiro state’s secretary of Public Security. He also said that another two communities will get Police Peacemaking units before the end of the year.

“This proposal is not going to stop. It is a concrete gesture that we are prepared to do us and will continue to do it. And we will have a great number of helped people up to the end of the next year. We intend to reach 30% of the communities, which endure today the territory logic imposed by the assault rifle, free from this weapon, free from the control of these crooks,” said Beltrame.

For the UPPs alone will be assigned 3,300 military policemen. They will be chosen, preferentially, among young recruits and they will get a salary bonus of, at least, 500 reais (US$ 285), paid for by Rio’s city hall by means of an agreement. In the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo’s UPP will be detailed 250 military men.

The strategy of permanently occupying the communities controlled by the organized crime, instead of only holding individual operations, is part an integration policy in the favelas where about a million people live, through projects of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) together with programs of basic sanitation infrastructure, lighting services, opening of streets and house building.

Five communities already have their UPPs: Batan and Cidade de Deus, in the west side, and Santa Marta, Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira hills, in the south side.

The operation in the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas started Monday morning. About 300 military policemen, most of them form the elite force Bope (Special Operation Battalion) took over the community. During the action, the policemen gave battle to drug traffickers. A man died and another was arrested. According to the police, both were linked to drug trafficking.

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December 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

Mos Def in the favela City of God

4REAL tv series did an episode with Mos Def visiting a project called CUFA in City of God with the brazilian rapper MV Bill. Check out the videos.










November 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

City of God actors and others discovered in favela theatre project

Nos do Morro has given rise to many brazilian actors that are seen in brazilian novelas and films. This project is based in Vidigal, a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Nós do Morro was founded by a group of friends in 1986, based on the dream of a journalist called Guti Fraga, who wanted to create a cultural movement, using the artistic talent of young residents of Vidigal. The proposal was simple but original: they would develop actors, technicians and audience, presenting all the magic of theatre to the inhabitants of that community who did not have access to art. Everything was made inside the community and, specially, for it. Fred Pinheiro, Fernando Mello da Costa and Luiz Paulo Corrêa e Castro joined Guti to create the basis of this pioneer project and open the doors of art to the people of Vidigal. From 1990 on, Zezé Silva contributed with her energy and became one of the directors of the project.

Check out some of their film projects on youtube cine nos domorro

With an intense production of plays and audiovisual productions, developed over the last 20 years of its existence, Nós do Morro has achieved significant public recognition, being awarded several prizes such as Prêmio Shell de Teatro, Prêmio Coca-Cola de Teatro Jovem, Prêmio Orgulho Carioca (awarded by the City Government of Rio de Janeiro), Honorable Mention from the United Nations, Carioca Merit of Human Rights from the Municipal Secretary of Social Assistance of Rio. In addition, a lot of members of the Group have good reputation in the cultural area, performing relevant roles in the theater, as well as on television and cinema.
Nowadays, the dream has come true proving that life is better when it is lived with art. Nós do Morro now has a theatre with capacity for 80 seats located in the back premises of Almirante Tamandaré Municipal School and also a Cultural Center, settled at the top of Vidigal, where the pedagogical and administrative structures of the company operate.

The project has unfolded and now offers courses in dramatic art (actors and technicians) and audiovisual (screenplay writers, directors and technicians), opening and expanding the horizons of many children, teenagers and adults either living or not in Vidigal

November 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

Favelado Movies

The focus on favelas in Brazilian film has increased mostly because of the success of City of God, but here is a list of movies dealing with favelas.  Most of the stereo-types and negative imagery comes from these films.  The violence aspect of favelas has seem to become a commodity for braziian cinema. I love these films, but I think it doesn’t truly portray life in the favela, it takes a negative aspect and blows it out of proportion.

City of God is ranked #16 best movie of all time on imdb.com. City of God is a very violent, but well done film. City of God has given rise to much interest into favelas, and is a must see.   Although the film is based on a true story, just like every film, there is exageration and favelas are not like this. But, again, I must admit this is my favorite film of all time, yeah I’m biased, so..?

City of Men is not a sequel to City of God but a feature version of City of Men the television series which the pilot of this series inspired the making of City of God.

The Elite Squad arrived to Brazilian cinemas with much anticipation. This was the a response to City of God which told the story of the favelados. The Elite Squad told the story of BOPE, Brazil’s special police force. This movie is not as good as City of God but definitely worth a watch, but what movie can be as good as COG?

Once Upon a Time in Rio, is like a Brazilian Romeo and Juliet. I really liked this movie because it shows the reality of the conflict between the asphaltos and the favelados. It was also cool to have a love story, not just about violence, even though it was violent as well, of course it’s about the favela, right? Yeah… waiting for a favela movie without violence. City of Men the tv series is a good because not all of the episodes are about violence, but it shows the humanity and the community spirit in the favela.

Bus 174 is a documentary about a favelado who held up a bus in Rio. The documentary is good, and there is also a feature film about the story as well.

Last Stop 174 is the feature version of Bus 174. You’ll notice it’s different from the documentary, but it’s a good story, and a good film.

Favela Rising

Radio Favela

Besouro, Ok this film is not directly about the favelas, but looks really cool! The main character is a capoerista which is a dance/fighting style that originated with the black slaves from northeast Brazil. Blacks were one of the main groups that migrated to the big cities like Rio and Sao Paulo and began to form the favelas, so it does relate. Also in the favelas there are often capoeira classes for the community.

Black Orpheus is a Brazilian classic and it shows life in the favela at a different time and kind of romanticizes life there, which I feel is a good representation of the favela because there is always music and dancing, just the music and dance is a tad-bit different now, lol.

November 5, 2009 at 7:33 pm 2 comments


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